written by ethan

Are You Spending Your Time Wisely?

Let’s face the facts: we all have limited time and life.

None of us truly know how much time we have.

And while many people believe that after we die, we may live again – there’s certainly no guarantee.

It therefore follows that how we spend our time in life is the most important decision we can make.

So my question to you is this: are you spending your time in life wisely?    

 

I speak with people every day who tell me that they’re constantly busy. They’re running from one important thing to the next, without making time for the things they like to do – and to make matters worse – they’re not even pursuing a career that they find truly meaningful. They’re just stuck in a routine. Why do they continue to allow this to happen?

 

One reason is they’ve never taken a moment to write down what they really enjoy doing. Once they see it on paper, they’re perspective changes. They view how they spend their time differently. And maybe you will too.

So here’s what I’d like you to do:  grab a sheet of paper and write down everything that you enjoy doing in your personal and professional life. If you’ve been following the blog recently and already started memorializing your life goals, just continue where you’ve left off. Here are a few areas to consider to ensure you’re covering as many avenues as possible when considering what you enjoy doing:

 

  • Professional
  • Education
  • Family
  • Spiritual
  • Travel
  • Recreation
  • Hobbies
  • Community
  • Strengths
  • Bucket list

 

You can probably think of more, and you don’t need to have goals in all of these areas. Spend ten minutes brainstorming and building your list.  Do it now.

 

Once you have a pretty thorough list, it’s time to step away for a little while and turn your attention to something else. You may find that you’re going through withdrawals from no internet, television, or facebook for the last ten minutes.

That’s okay.

 

But before you put away your list for the time being, schedule thirty minutes of quiet contemplation on your calendar at some time next week to complete this exercise.

This is critical.

 

This time will be used to supplement and refine your list into the core concepts that will help you identify your passions. So schedule it now. You can always reschedule it later.

And in my next post, I’ll explain exactly what we’ll be doing during that time and hopefully demonstrate why it could be the most important thirty minutes you’ve ever spent. For real.

And if you can’t wait until next week, feel free to skip ahead by downloading Simple Guide to Discovering Your Passions and Living a More Fulfilling Life.